10 Reasons You Should Attend Best of Big D Live

1. You’ll get a sneak peek at some of this year’s winners in our annual Best of Big D issue.

2. Guests will enjoy complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, and same menu items from some of the best bars and restaurants in town.

3. DJ Sober and singer Sam Lao will perform.

4. The Rustic is a swell place to spend an evening eating and imbibing outdoors.

5. There’s a Jackopierce concert right after the party.

6. You can get 20% off an UBER ride to and from the event with the promo code ‘BOBDAL.’

7. Tickets are only $50

8. Tickets are only $65 if you want to attend the Jackopierce show too.

9. It’s an opportunity to swear at Tim Rogers to his face. (NOTE: Offer not valid after the Jackopierce show has begun.)

10. You know you don’t have any better plans for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.

So get your ticket now. While they’re still available.

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Happy Fourth of July From FrontBurner and Chuck Norris

It’s Independence Day. Happy birthday, America.

The way I see it, you’ve got two choices for celebrating this holiday:

1) You listen to what Chris Mosley has already told you about the best things to do to indulge your patriotic spirit, with his guide to July 4 in Dallas, or

2) Spend these precious free hours watching Chuck Norris clips on YouTube.

It’s your call. Either way, it’s time well spent.

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Erykah Badu Crashes NYC Newscast

Hat tip to Central Track for bringing me (and by extension you) this video of Erykah Badu jacking around with a guy doing a standup in New York City. Check out both the Vine and the YouTube versions. Girl was determined to get some play.

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Tango Frogs Return to Lower Greenville

Have you heard of the Dallas family of frogs that survived a city ordinance threatening their home, and then narrowly escaped a deadly fire and hurricane-strong winds knocking them down to an almost certain death? And in the midst of it all, they were split apart, an emotional heartbreak leaving three in Nashville and three in Hillsboro?

Well, even if you haven’t, thanks to a few kind-hearted Texans, the Dallas half of these amphibious creatures will have happier days ahead of them. And if you drive by Taco Cabana on Lower Greenville today, you can see them, returned to their original home, nearly 30 years later.

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D Magazine’s 40 Greatest Stories: Behind the Scenes at Billy Bob’s Texas

Amy Cunningham was a young editor on the staff of D Magazine when her boss, then-editor Rowland Stiteler, came to her with a “dream assignment.” She was to go undercover at Billy Bob’s Texas, the “world’s largest honky tonk” in Fort Worth, which had opened earlier that year.

It was thrilling to tackle a story modeled after Gloria Steinem’s famous stint at the Playboy Club and almost as pleasurable to know that she wouldn’t have to show up at the D Magazine offices to do any other writing or editing for seven whole weeks. All she needed to do was land a job as a waitress and take notes on cocktail napkins.

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Be Glad Klyde Warren Park Is There to Enjoy—Or Ignore

One of my earliest observations about Klyde Warren Park was remarking upon how over-programmed the place was. Did we really need to fill every minute with activities? Yoga, boot camps, a small library of reading material, board games, a putting green, music, a restaurant — why couldn’t the park focus on being a nice place to just sit and be?

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Bradley Cooper Wears Short Shorts to Play Chris Kyle in American Sniper

The site Celebitchy has the photos. See for yourself how actor Bradley Cooper is dressed to play former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in director Clint Eastwood’s sure-to-be Oscar bait of a biopic, American Sniper.

As this site notes, nothing says “frogman” like a pair of these khaki Underwater Demolition Team shorts. You can buy your own on Amazon.

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Leading Off (6/2/14)

Trinity Tollway Loses Another Supporter. This time it’s Larry Good.

Design District Up for Sale. Well a portion of it. Lionstone Group scooped up some 30 acres in 2007. Now, they’re putting their remaining properties on the market, the majority of which fall on Oak Lawn Avenue and Hi Line Drive.

Woman Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Dog. I mean, really? A bus of school children came across the bloodied dog and her 10 pups on the side of the road. What a disaster.

Jesus Christ Superstar Canceled. You mean to tell me that Johnny Rotten couldn’t sell tickets? Please.

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What It Means to Be a Fan at Dallas Comic Con

There I was, feeling as though I’d evolved onto a higher plane, free of the gross material desires that once consumed me. I walked across a floor filled with aisle after aisle of the sort of pop cultural knicks and knacks that would have moved my 11-year-old self to sensations akin to lust. In those long past days, I’d have turned over nearly any amount at my disposal — without even thinking really, surrendering decision-making to my reptile brain — to take home some pleasing signifier of my self-identification with an iconic science-fiction franchise. But a Starship Enterprise pizza cutter no longer sets my heart afire.

My self-satisfaction in knowing that I no longer need kitschy merchandise tangentially related to television series and films that have brought me a significant amount of pleasure soon gave way to a wave of melancholy. As I circulated among the tens of thousands of science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans who descended upon the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas for Dallas Comic Con this weekend to celebrate their shared joy and interact with many of their favorite artists, I felt an unusual detachment. My own fandom, it seemed, had waned — at least compared to the veritable army of people having a blast dressed as Star Wars storm troopers, or sparkly cartoon princesses, or robots, or superheroes, or demons.

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The Broadcast Host Walks Off Set Over Discussion of Michael Sam Kiss

Gawker has mentioned a discussion that took place during yesterday’s edition of the The Broadcast, the morning show with which you may or may not remember D Magazine is no longer affiliated.

Lisa Pineiro and Courtney Kerr (yes, that Courtney Kerr) are in the what’s-the-big-deal-about-Michael-Sam-kissing-his-boyfriend-on-ESPN camp. Kerr says those who are speaking out against the appropriateness of the celebratory moment, which took place after Sam had been drafted by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, are “racist against homosexuals.”

Co-hosts Suzie Humphries and Amy Kushnir come down on the other side, complaining about how the kiss was “pushed in faces” and wondering why can’t they just speak their minds without other people attacking them as bigots. Near the end of the 9-minute discussion, Kushnir walks off the set.

It’s not so nice to see coastal elites take notice of moments like this.

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